Hey There Teacups! TeaTourist are out sourcing new and exciting teas this summer so my monthly box reviews will be taking a little bit of a break until they get back and boxes start going out again. I didn’t want to put another let’s talk tea post in their spot so I’m going to be trying something new. From now until my Tea Tourist posts start again I’m going to be going a monthly tea empties series. The posts will go up on the last day of each month and feature all the teas I’ve finished in the month and what I thought of them if I haven’t yet reviewed them for my let’s talk tea series. All the teas and tisanes I feature each month will be linked to both my review post and the website on which you can purchase them. (I’ll also note if I purchased them myself or if they were gifted – teas or tisanes with a * at the end of the title is gifted)
Although I drink a lot of tea each month I never really noticed just how much until I started collecting my empties for this series! I had the idea for this series right at the end of April, so I can almost justify finishing this much tea can’t I. I’m thinking about keeping hold of all of them until the end of the year and doing one big yearly empties post to see how much I go through altogether. Let me know if that’s something you would like to read, and I’ll make the decision.
Posh Charles (aka Earl Grey) – From Parched Tea Bar *
A twist on the outstanding, traditional, favourite. It’s a Ceylon black tea blended with vanilla and the ride of a bergamot (a distinctive fragrant, orange like citrus fruit). A perfect balance of sweet, honey notes infused with the gentle citrus of bergamot oil. A bold toned-down tipple with a delectable creamy taste. This is by far one of if not the best Earl Grey based blends that I have ever had! It’s taken me a while to finish this bag because I really didn’t want to run out of it and I’m really gutted that I don’t have any of it left now. I’ll certainly be re-purchasing some more as soon as my tea ban is over.
English Breakfast (Selfie) – T2 Tea
A traditional blend of Sri Lankan broken-leaf tea that produces a coppery liquor with assertive aroma. The flavour is bright and brisk, stimulating the palate and mouth with a bitey finish. I have so many of these sachets in my collection as I purchased a few boxes of them while they were on sale around Christmas time and at the start of this year because they are perfect for travelling and while I don’t do as much traveling as I used to they still come in really handy at home, and enable me to try a lot of T2 Teas that I haven’t tried. This was one that I hadn’t tried before used this. I was so annoyed that it took me so long to try one of their classic blends as this one although its traditional is amazing and It could definitely be an everyday tea for me.
Irish Breakfast (Selfie) – T2 Tea
I haven’t yet reviewed this specific blend, but I will be writing a mini review on my Instagram soon.
No messing around with this stout blend! Rich and full-bodied with a frank aroma. Perfect with a splash of milk, a dash of honey and paired with a hearty breakfast. Another selfie that came in the many boxes I bought in the sale. I had never tried this before until I got them but I’m glad that I did. I’ll be truthful I wasn’t 100% sure that I would like this, but I was wrong because I really enjoyed it (you know I love it when teas take me by surprise). I think that I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the English Breakfast that I previously mentioned, and I have no doubt in my mind that I will be buying some more of this soon and it will become a staple of my tea collection.
Nuts About You (Sample Sachet) – Leaves of The World*
This black tea-based blend is bursting with flavour, it’s creamy elegant and nutty. I really am nuts about this blend and I’m so glad that I still have some of this left in my collection. It’s one of my favourite black teas from Leaves of The World and if they keep selling it, it will always have a place in my collection. When I say I drink this all the time that isn’t an understatement, not only do I drink it all the time, but I also bake with it – it’s the best blend for brownies as the strawberries pair well with the chocolate. I’m nowhere near out this year but you can bet that I’ll be topping up my stash very soon.
Lemon Cheesecake (Sample Sachet) – Leaves of The World*
I’ve not yet reviewed this but I’ll make sure I do soon.
An uplifting and refreshing black tea-based blend with the dessert creaminess of lemon cheesecake. THIS MAKES THE BEST TEA LATTES I HAVE EVER HAD. I’m incredibly sad that I now don’t have any of this left because other dessert inspired tea lattes don’t even come close. Literally all I did with this whole sample sachet was make tea lattes and I need them back in my life. As soon as I get the chance I’ll be buying SO MUCH MORE of this.
Granny’s Apple Pie (Sample Sachet) – Leaves of The World*
I haven’t reviewed this yet, but a review will be going up soon.
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this blend but as always Leave of The World proved me wrong. They never fail to shock me with just how spot on their blends are! When steeped both hot and cold this is apple pie in a cup (I add just a little bit of honey as well) its flavours are all perfect balanced and even the cinnamon doesn’t overpower anything else. I’ve not had chance to try it yet, but I’ve heard that this blend also makes great tea lattes which I can completely understand. I supposed that gives me a reason to go and buy some more doesn’t it.
Caramel Cream (Sample Sachet) – Leaves of The World*
Yet another blend that makes beautiful tea lattes. At one point I wouldn’t have tried a tea latte but I’m so glad that I was introduced to them because I don’t think I could live without them now. They are just so heart working and while they taste and can be incredibly indulgent they are still much better for me than fizzy drinks or juices that are jam packed with sugar. I really don’t know how Leaves of The World manage to create the flavours that they do and keep everything all natural but I’m very glad that they do it and I hope they keep on doing it for a long time to come.
Jasmine Green (Tea Tasting Sample) – Tregothnan*
One of two jasmine green tea blends that truly ignited my love of the pair. Before trying this and another jasmine green tea blend I had always shunned the pairing as I know that jasmine can overpower a lot of things, so I thought it would do the same to a green tea, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Unlike a lot of other jasmine green tea blends that I’ve tried this one is almost perfect balanced and I’m thankful that I had the chance to try it. The team over at Tregothnan are incredibly talented and I if you ever get the chance to try one of their blends go for it you will not regret it.
Rising Sun – Ninja Brew Tea*
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this blend because at one point you wouldn’t have got me anywhere near a rooibos-based blend as it just wasn’t to my liking but that has changed now. Out of all the blends I’ve tried from Ninja Brew Tea I would say this one is my favourite – It has a slight milk chocolate note to it that is to die for. I can’t wait to buy some more of it because I never got around to making a tea latte with it and I really think It would be perfect for one with that chocolate like note to it. I’ll certainly be buying a substantial amount of this blend as soon as soon as I possible can. If you could only try one blend from Ninja Brew I would highly recommend that you go for this one.
Bright Afternoon – Bright Teas (TeaTourist Sample Sachet) *
With the number of unique blends, I try from different companies it’s not very often that I get to just sit and enjoy a classic black tea blend that stands on its own. This was a perfect tea to drink at the start of a day with some toast it’s a true classic. I’m so thankful that through the TeaTourist subscription I was able to try it. This was the first tea I have tried from Bright Teas and it made a great first impression. It took me around 3 days to finish this whole sample sachet because once I started drinking it, I just couldn’t stop. I think that puts into perspective just how tasty this blend is.
Blooming Marvellous – Eteaket (TeaTourist Sample Sachet) *
My review of the TeaTourist box this came in will be going up soon.
This came Aprils TeaTourist box (My review of that will be going up soon) and from the moment I smelt this sample I knew it had to be the first one that I tried. It smells just like strawberry laces and I can’t get enough of it. As always with fruit green tea-based blends I cold brewed this, and it worked perfectly and for once tasted just like it smelt I ran out of this within the space of round 4 days and I’ve been so sad about it since. This was the first tea from Eteaket that I’ve tried, and I think its safe to say that they made an excellent first impression I can’t wait to see if all their teas and tisanes are as great as this one. If any of you are familiar with Eteaket I would love to hear your suggestions on which of their teas I should try next.
Bed & Breakfast – TeaTourist (TeaTourist Sample Sachet) *
The TeaTourist Website
This blend was also in Aprils TeaTourist box and was the first blend that TeaTourist themselves had blended. I take my hats off to them because considering this was their first blend it was so well thought out, perfectly blended and well balanced. When TeaTourist come back after their summer tea sourcing I’m really looking forward to seeing if they work on anymore blends, if they are anywhere near as good as this one then their subscribers really are in for a treat.
Belgian Chocolate Rooibos – Cheshire Tea (TeaTourist Sample Sachet) *
You all know my views on chocolate inspired teas and tisanes they are almost always either hit or miss and there isn’t any in-between. This chocolate inspired rooibos-based tisane is however the best chocolate inspired tisane I have ever had the pleasure of trying. It tastes just like a rich indulgent hot chocolate and makes for a perfect latte. It doesn’t need any added sweetener and is perfect as it is. I’m really missing being able to reach for this tisane when I want to try myself I think I’m going to have to break my tea ban and order some (and by some, I mean a very large amount) of this as soon as I can. If you’re only going to try one tisane from Cheshire Tea make it this one its by far one of if not their best one.
Hibiscus Iced Tea (Rosa De Jamaica) Original Flavour – Two Sisters Tea*
The Two Sisters Tea Website
This was a game changer for me and pretty much managed to single handily change every opinion I have ever had about Hibiscus. You all know that in the past Hibiscus and I really haven’t gotten along very well and you all know that at one point I wouldn’t have gone near a tisane that was purely hibiscus but I am very glad that I went out of my comfort zone to try this because it’s opened me up to so many more teas and tisanes that I can’t wait to try.
Hibiscus Iced Tea (Rosa De Jamaica) With Cinnamon – Two Sisters Tea*
I haven’t reviewed this yet, but my review will be going up in June.
As much as I loved the classic tisane that Two Sisters Tea sent to me this one is my favourite of the two! I can’t wait to try their Hibiscus and pineapple one soon, I’m a huge pineapple fan so I’m excited to see how the two pair together. I would have never thought of pairing hibiscus with cinnamon but it they work so well together. A huge thank you to Two Sisters Tea for being the first stepping stone on my path to enjoying Hibiscus.
Turtle Dove (Mini Cake) – White2Tea*
The White2Tea Website
Before trying White2Teas turtle dove I had never tried a pressed white tea and this was 100% the best one I could have started with. As with pretty much everything else I’ve tried from White2tea I absolutely loved this and I’m so glad I have another mini cake left (though you know I won’t use it until I know I can order more) Anyone else hold back on using & drinking teas you only have a little bit left of through fear of not being able to order more? Surly I’m not alone in doing that.
The Big O (Mini Cake) – White2Tea*
I haven’t reviewed this yet, but my review will be going up this month.
The White2Tea Website
I don’t want to say too much about this tea right now as I’m yet to post my full in-depth review and I don’t want to spoil it. But just put it this way it’s a tea from White2Tea and you all know just how much I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them to date. My In-depth review will be up soon, so you won’t have to wait too long to read it.
I’m excited to start somewhat of a new series throughout the next few months and having these posts to look back on when I’m deciding on what new teas and tisanes to by in the future. I suck at making decisions so I’m sure that these posts will help make those important decisions much easier. Like I said at the start of the post I would love to hear any feedback you have on this series I would really help me going forward, and as always If you have any questions either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. Hopefully my tea empties post for June won’t be nearly as long as this one but I can’t promise anything.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley